The Washington Theological Student Board is proud to have connected, and welcomed to the board delegates from the Student Christian Movement USA (SCM USA). The SCM USA is a national member of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), which is a student‐led, ecumenical, grassroots organization, that actively seeks justice and peace, speaks truth to power, and works to end oppression in communities on local, national, and global levels by empowering students and young people to claim their voice, exercise leadership skills, engage in innovative theological reflection, and build transformational networks of relationship in the Church and the wider world. Many leaders in the SCM USA are currently students in the WTC!
Started in 1895, the WSCF is comprised of 100+ national SCM’s which span the globe. Founded in 1895, WSCF has empowered students and formed ecumenical leaders such as Dietrich Bonhöffer, Steve Biko, Kwame Nkrumah, Willem Visser’t Hooft (First General Secretary of the World Council of Churches), John R. Mott (Nobel Peace Prize 1946), Phillip Potter, and Frère Roger, founder of the Taizé community.
Connection with the WSCF will allow students in the consortium to attend international conferences and be a voice among giants. For example, Cody Nielson was invited to travel to Geneva and be part of the United Nation’s Advocacy Week for his peace interests in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Desiree’ Kameka will be spending two weeks in Kingston, Jamaica as a North American student delegate for the International Ecumenical Peace Convocation which is the culminating conference of the ‘Decade to Overcome Violence’ initiative. She will be working with the Ecumenical Disability Advocacy Network and as a journalist for the WSCF.
We are excited to be able to offer students of the WTC an international ecumenical connection and future opportunities!